Avocado juice, or jus alpukat in Indonesian, is a rich and silky chilled beverage made of fresh avocado, blended with fresh milk and condensed milk. Luscious and thick, the drink is actually closer to a shake than a juice, and you will need a straw or a spoon in order to enjoy it.
Avocado juice is commonly served in Indonesia (depending on the season), from simple street vendors to high-end restaurants.
The drink is sweet and creamy, so it’s actually better served as a dessert, but it’s always listed on the drinks menu even though it’s not a thirst quencher either. Indonesians don’t really have a concept of different courses on a menu. It’s considered normal to eat sweet things in the middle of the main course. When we go to a restaurant, everything that is ordered at the same time, will be served together (though some high end restaurants might be exceptions). What I usually do when I want a certain dish to be served as a dessert, is order it in the middle or towards the end of the meal, so the dish will be served as a finale.
Jus alpukat is delicious, refreshing and filling. It’s a healthy drink too! Avocado is rich in nutrients, and it has many health benefits: it’s good for the heart, promotes healthy blood sugar, strengthens bones, and much more.
Regulating the Sweetness
Indonesians love condensed milk, and put it in almost every sweet drink and dessert. If you are concerned about the amount of sugar or just want to make the drink healthier, condensed milk can be omitted. It won’t really affect the taste, as the milk and avocado mixture is already rich and milky. Natural sweeteners such as honey or agave nectar can be a healthier option too.
The additional chocolate condensed milk or syrup adorns the glass and adds a little bit of chocolate flavour to the shakes. This too, is optional.
Jus alpukat is also great for breakfast. This vitamin-packed goodness will power up your day. Always prepare the shakes just before serving to retain all the freshness.Print
Jus alpukat, or avocado juice, is a hugely popular dessert drink in Indonesia. It’s essentially a shake made from avocados blended with milk and ice, and is healthy and filling.
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- 1 glass fresh milk
- 0.5 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 0.5 glass ice
- Chocolate condensed milk for garnishing (optional)
- Halve the avocados, make sure they’re pitted, and scoop the flesh.
- Blend into a smooth shake: avocados, milk, condensed milk and ice.
- Transfer the avocados shakes into serving glasses, garnish with chocolate condensed milk.
- Serve immediately.
- Feel free to adjust the amount of milk to obtain a thicker or thinner consistency.